Severe weather has been nearly nonexistent this year, but if forecasts for the weekend are any indication, that’s about to change.
Only a handful of days have produced severe weather this year, and of those days, we’ve seen very few tornadoes. Since Jan. 1, 109 tornadoes have touched down, and most of those were small EF-0s. Only 20 have been bigger EF-1s and stronger.
Wednesday’s severe weather over Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska was mostly large hail. A few reports of damaging wind came in, but no one reported any tornadoes.
Today, that same system is bringing the potential for severe weather from northern Louisiana and Mississippi to southern Illinois and Indiana.
The biggest threats are once again large hail and damaging winds with only a slight chance for tornadoes.
The weather calms down on Friday with little to no chance for severe weather, but that’s looking short-lived.
This weekend and into Monday, the Central Plains as well as parts of the South have a good chance for our first big multi-day outbreak. As of now, the potential for severe weather begins in the Plains on Saturday and ends up in the South, Mid-South and parts of the Midwest by Monday.
The potential for tornadic activity over the weekend and into early next week looks more likely than what we’ve seen earlier this week, so we’ll have to wait and see if this quiet trend comes to an end.
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